KALAIGAON, April 10 - With the Lok Sabha election round the corner, political stalwarts have stepped up their activities for the 8 Mangaldai HPC where election will be held on April 18 in the second phase.
In Mangaldai HPC, there are 10 Assembly constituencies, including Kalaigaon, Paneri, Udalguri (ST), Mazbat, Mangaldai (SC), Sipajhar, Dalgaon, Kamalpur, Rangiya and Nalbari covering four districts and the overall voters� strength in the HPC is 17,75,180.
This time altogether 11 candidates are in the fray, including Congress bigwig Bhubaneswar Kalita, Dilip Saikia (BJP), Pradeep Kumar Daimari (UPPL), Mani Ram Basumatari (HNP), Gandheswar Mushahari (VPI), Inul Haque (Asom Jana Manch), Swarnalata Chaliha (SUCI), Sudhenshu Mohan Talukdar (TMC), Biran Basak (BGP), Jayanta Kumar Kalita (Ind) and Kaji Nakib Ahmed (Ind). But the main fight is likely to be between Bhubaneswar Kalita of INC and Dilip Saikia of BJP.
Experts who are closely monitoring the situation are of the view that Congress candidate Bhubaneswar Kalita has an edge over the BJP candidate due to large-scale presence of minority voters. According to a report, there are nearly five lakh minority voters in the Mangaldai HPC who generally play a key role in the constituency.
Interestingly, this time the young educated voters are not so enthusiastic about the election.
�They (politicians) are least bothered about voters� plight. We have been facing a plethora of problems, but politicians have turned a deaf ear,� a section of young voters told this correspondent. They further alleged that the political parties have neglected the growing unemployment problem and failed to check price rise of essential commodities, which is unfortunate.
Meanwhile, political parties have launched their campaign in every nook and corner of the HPC with bike and car rallies to attract the voters.